Executive Roundtable: Digitizing our Arenas: Servicing the Needs of High-Traffic Venues
All major sports leagues and teams are driving digitization to enhance the audience experience in major sports stadiums. Several venue owners and mobile carriers have been investing heavily in DAS and fiber network deployments to expand mobile broadband capacity in major sports arenas and stadiums. In the NY area, AT&T is upgrading the DAS infrastructure in Yankee Stadium and both Verizon Wireless and AT&T invested in separate DAS solutions for MetLife Stadium to handle the wireless needs of the fans at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Moderator: Berge Ayvazian, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Wireless 20/20
This opening executive roundtable session examined the business case for digitizing the audience experience in high-traffic sports arenas and stadiums from the perspective of MNOs, DAS vendors, venue owners, neutral host operators, sports leagues and teams.
- Ihab Labib, Executive Director of Systems Engineering, JMA Wireless
- The San Francisco 49ers commissioned DAS Group Professionals to deploy the JMA Wireless Teko DAS platform to double the DAS capacity for Super Bowl 50 in Levi’s Stadium
- Marc Patterson, VP Product Management, Boingo Wireless
- Boingo Wireless recently partnered with AT&T to upgrade the network serving Soldier Field in Chicago, with Boingo marketing the DAS services to other mobile operators.
- Matt Thompson, Vice-President of Coverage Sales – Americas, Cobham Wireless
- Cobham Wireless deployed an intelligent digital DAS solution for the London 2012 Olympic Park to allocate capacity to locations only where and when it is needed.
- Jay Maciejewski, Vice President of Business Development, PCTEL
- PCTEL's RFS network engineering services group assisted in network testing and optimization for University of Phoenix Stadium in the months leading up to Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.